American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Online Clergy Ethics Course 2022

Clergy Ethics is REQUIRED for ALL levels of recognized credentialing within ABCOPAD and ABC/USA

Friday, May 20 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Saturday, May 21 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)


Rev. Tim Munson, Pastor, First Baptist Church of York

Pastor Tim serves as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of York, PA. Previously, he served two other churches as solo pastor and youth pastor. In all three churches, he has had longest tenure of any previous pastor in that position. Helping people learn to resolve conflict and listen to one another, keeping people centered on Christ, and sharing ministry and power have been very important in his ministry.

Pastor Tim has been a part of two ABCOPAD ministries for twenty years: the Commission on Ministerial Leadership (COML) and the Academy of Christian Training and Service (ACTS). Both regional ministries have helped him fulfill his calling to help prepare new pastoral leaders in American Baptist Churches.

He is married to Leslie and has three adult sons, one daughter in law, and the smartest, handsomest, best grandson in the known universe.


Rev. Dr. Kevin Walden, Interim, First Baptist Church of Lancaster

Pastor Kevin serves as the Transitional Interim Pastor for First Baptist Church of Lancaster, PA. The congregation is working through a transition of both pastoral leadership and place. They previously sold their old building and moved into the unknown and are beginning to develop a new vision for their future ministry in Lancaster County. As a local church pastor for 25 years, Pastor Kevin has helped other churches transition from difficult places to a place of health. His ministry mantra is that “ministry is all about relationships - our relationship with the Lord and our relationship with each other.”

Pastor Kevin has served most recently in ABC as Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness coordinating several ministry functions including Orientation to American Baptist Life for new pastors in the denomination. Prior to that he served in ABCOPAD as Regional Pastor with Pastoral Leaders and was charged with many ministries including the development the pastoral Leadership Learning Communities and Interim Pastor Placement across the region. Additionally, he taught the Pastoral Leadership Course in the Academy of Christian Training and Service (ACTS) and co-taught the Ethics course for many years. Prior to Regional and National ministry, Pastor Kevin was a local church pastor in Kansas and Nebraska.

He is married to Melody (Rev. Melody Walden) have enjoyed ministry together throughout their whole marriage, since August of 1985. While not blessed with children, they have 17 nieces and nephews, 31 great nieces and nephews and 2 amazing great greats, a niece and a nephew. Kevin and Melody have a handsome grey blue maine coon mix cat, Fury.

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The Commission on Ministerial Leadership (COML) requires the successful completion of a course in Clergy Ethics for all candidates applying to the ABCOPAD Region for Certification, Ordination or Ordination recognition.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Clergy Ethics course will help ministerial leaders develop a better understanding of the various ethical issues that impact one's ministry. It will assist ministerial leaders in understanding the issues of potential misconduct and equip them to better minister in these times. This course will focus on three areas relating to Clergy Ethics: money, sex and power. 2.4 CEUs will be granted to those who successfully complete the requirement.



6:00 – 6:30 pm Welcome
6:30 – 6:45 pm Orientation
6:45 – 7:45 pm Case Study #1 – Time for Family
7:45 – 8:00 pm Break & Fellowship
8:00 – 9:00 pm Case Study #4 – Romantic Interest
9:00 – 10:00 pm
Video: Strong in the Lord (Gordon MacDonald)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022

8:00 – 8:15 am Devotions & Prayer
8:15 – 9:15 am Case Study #3 – Nominating Church Officers
9:15 – 9:30 am Break & Fellowship
9:30 – 10:00 am Post-Class Assignment
10:00 - 11:00 am Case Study #2 – Pastor Leaving
11:00 – 12:00 pm Video: Not In My Church
12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm Case Study #5 – The Family Income
1:30 – 1:45 pm Break & Fellowship
1:45 – 3:00 pm Case Study #6 – Should Pete Be Reinstated?
3:00 pm
Question & Answer Session and Wrap-up

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1. Do a complete reading of the textbook entitled, Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders, Second Edition, by Joseph E. Trull and James Carter. LINK TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON
2. Read provided case studies prior to the class event. LINK: Case Studies
3. Select a Congregational Ethics Team (CET) consisting of three or four lay persons from your congregation. Please use the following guidelines:
  • Membership is by invitation of the pastor/student.
  • Team members are persons with whom the pastor/student has a comfortable working relationship.
  • Team members may be representative of the Pastoral Relations Committee, Diaconate, Board of Deacons, Church Officers, and/or any active church member. (If you are taking the course and not currently a pastor, please invite persons to be on the CET from the church where you are a member).
4. Select an accountability partner using the following guidelines and place on worksheet: LINK: Accountability Partner Guide
  • We do not recommend using your spouse for this.
  • We recommend a same-sex accountability partner who will both support and encourage your ministry and your spouse and family.
  • This person does not have to be in your local church. They must be a Christian. A mentor in ministry is appropriate.
5. Meet with your CET prior to the course and take notes of their responses. Prepare and bring your detailed notes for discussion of the following items: (instructors will ask to see these)
  • Read with the Congregational Ethics Team the Case Study called, "Time For The Family."
  • Discuss with the CET the questions provided at the end of the case study, plus the additional questions listed below:
  • What information from the textbook, Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders, sheds light on the case study? Discuss with your CET.
  • What are the Biblical passages that relate to the case study? (In other words, "What saith the Lord?" or, "What has God already revealed in His written word on this subject?") Discuss with your CET – gain their input.
  • How is ministry affected?
  • When and how does the case study (issues, themes, etc.) speak to the Ministerial "Code of Ethics"? Congregational Code of Ethics? (Refer to the documents below: "A Covenant For Ministry")
  • What have you learned from a pastor's perspective; from a CET member's perspective? Prepare written responses to all questions regarding this case study and bring with you on Friday, May 20. Limit responses to a few salient points. The case will be reviewed in class.
1. Write a reflection paper which connects and is informed by your reading of the Ethics book, the course teaching, the reflections by your CET (Clergy Ethics Team) on the case study "A Time for Family," and the personal ethics statement you created. This should be 4-6 pages, double-spaced in length not including the title page.

2. Write a Personal Ethics Statement that is concise and memorable. The CET would be an excellent "sounding board" and resource for aiding in the development of the Personal Ethics Statement. This should be 1 page in length and suitable for framing.

TUITION: $99.00

Class size is limited. Early registration is encouraged because of the reading and Clergy Ethics Team pre-requisite (above).

Deadline for course registration is Monday, May 9, 2022. Late Registrations require a $10 late fee.

Registration may be mailed with payment to:

159 N. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213